This is due to one easily fixable mistake – being in the right driving position.
According to new research by Citroen and the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), many drivers are unaware that the setting of the driver’s seat and steering wheel could be the main cause of their muscle pains.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time in an uncomfortable position can affect the body in a number of ways, including causing muscle tension and in some cases even restricting blood flow.
Seat height is particularly important to make sure your body is well supported and comfortable, especially when stuck in lengthy traffic jams over the weekend.
With over 19 million separate leisure journeys by car set to take place over Easter – the first major getaway weekend of the year – experts have warned that it is important drivers make sure they are not doing themselves harm.
Tim Button, BCA Chiropractor and Ergonomic Consultant, said: “Many of my patients have complained of neck or back pain when driving, particularly on long journeys, so it’s important that people are aware of the best ways to protect their back health while in their car.”
A study of drivers’ plans conducted by the RAC indicates that the largest number of trips will take place on Good Friday with 4.45million individual journeys being taken, closely followed by Saturday which is each expected to see 3.18million trips.
Planned upgrades to parts of the rail network will likely see an increase in road traffic through the weekend.
Easter traffic hot spots are set to include the M25 between Gatwick Airport and the M1, the M3 south west of London, the A303 Stonehenge, the M55 between Preston and Blackpool, and the M53 between Liverpool and Chester, according to the RAC.
Highways England said it is helping people travelling to seaside locations, ports and airports by removing some 300 miles of roadworks.
The organisation said this means around 99 per cent of motorways and major A-roads will be roadworks-free in time for Easter.
Highways England’s customer service director, Melanie Clarke, said: “Safety is our top imperative and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns are avoidable and these can easily be avoided with simple vehicle checks.
“Easter is always a busy period on the road network and we’d urge all motorists to make sure they do their bit to check their vehicle is roadworthy before setting off over this period.”
The weather over the Easter weekend is only set to antagonise the situation further, with the Met Office warning Motorists that they should expect rain, snow and wind at times over the Bank Holiday weekend experience unsettled, changeable conditions as they make their journeys.